As foreign minister replacing Fumio Kishida, one of Kono’s first tasks will be working with the U.S. amid North Korea’s increasingly frequent missile tests. A longtime critic of the nation’s nuclear policy, Kono has vehemently opposed restarts and construction of nuclear reactors and has been critical of the government for being too close to the power industry. He has repeatedly voiced concern over accumulating spent fuel and the government’s plan for nuclear reprocessing, which is something he considers unfeasible based on cost and safety issues. His candid and liberal-leaning opinions — often articulated on his blog — have made him stand out among his more conservative peers in the Liberal Democratic Party.
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